Curtain size does matter

One of the most common mistakes when choosing curtains is to assume that the length should be based on the height of the actual window. In some cases, this may prove to be the only option due to obstacles in your way. More often than not, regardless of opting for sheer or opaque, having curtain panels start above the actual top of the window and drape to the floor is your best solution.

These before and after photos illustrate this point well.

These curtains fall just below where the radiator begins and it creates awkward sight lines. The contrast of the dark brown curtains next to the pale yellow radiator also comes across jarring. There's also the concern of heat affecting the panels. 

These curtains fall just below where the radiator begins and it creates awkward sight lines. The contrast of the dark brown curtains next to the pale yellow radiator also comes across jarring. There's also the concern of heat affecting the panels. 

Instead, install tie-backs like these branch pulls to create a nice shape at the window area and now the radiator attracts less focus. The off-white hue with ivy detailing on these panels compliments the room and goes well with the new wall color.

Instead, install tie-backs like these branch pulls to create a nice shape at the window area and now the radiator attracts less focus. The off-white hue with ivy detailing on these panels compliments the room and goes well with the new wall color.